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IUCN Editorial Board



IUCN maintains an Editorial Board. This has two functions: i) responding to requests for advice on possible peer reviewers for potential IUCN publications from IUCN Commissions and programmes; and ii) serving as a light Union-wide clearance authority to confirm that author responses to peer review comments on potential IUCN publications are robust and appropriate. The Editorial Board operates according to a Terms of Reference issued by IUCN’s Director General on the advice and consent of the IUCN Commission Chairs.

The IUCN Editorial Board members are as follows:

Nicholas BertrandNicholas BERTRAND is Chief of Staff at IUCN, where since 2015 he has provided overall leadership to the IUCN Director General’s Front Office team. He came to IUCN from United Nations Environment Programme, which he joined in 2009 as Economic Affairs Officer, and where he worked on a variety of topics including macroeconomic narratives for green economy, international payments for ecosystem services, corporate ecosystem valuation and natural capital accounting. In 2012–2013, he served as acting coordinator of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project. Previously, he managed the business engagement portfolio at the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal (2006–2008), and prior to this, worked on economics and business at IUCN, where he was a key member in the team that established the first programme on business and biodiversity. As part of this endeavour, he co-authored the IUCN Strategy for business engagement. He was contributing editor of Business and Biodiversity: A Handbook for Corporate Action, published on the occasion of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (2002), co-editor of The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Business and Enterprise (2011) and a contributor to Global Biodiversity Finance (2014). Nick obtained a BSc (Econ) and MSc (Econ) from University College London and an MPhil from the Institute of Forestry, Agricultural and Environmental Engineering (Paris). 

Thomas BrooksDr Thomas BROOKS is Chief Scientist at IUCN. He is an ecologist, geographer, and ornithologist by education, with a BA (Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge (1993) and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee (1998). He has held biodiversity science positions in NatureServe, Conservation International and The Nature Conservancy, as well as visiting appointments at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the University of the Philippines Los Baños and in the Department of Geography of the University of Tasmania. His field experience is primarily from tropical forest hotspots, in Kenya, Paraguay, Indonesia, and the Philippines. He served on the Executive Committee of the BP Conservation Leadership Programme (2002–2010), and co-chaired the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas/Species Survival Commission Joint Taskforce on ‘Biodiversity and Protected Areas’ (2009–2013). He has authored more than 230 scientific and popular articles.

Claudio CampagnaDr Claudio CAMPAGNA is a conservation researcher with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Adjunct Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC). He has been a field conservationist and scientist working in coastal Patagonia since 1980. Recognising the urgent need to promote conservation using creative communication tools, Claudio publishes widely in both the scientific and popular literature, and has served on several national, regional and international marine conservation committees and specialist groups. He funded the Forum (of NGOs) for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea, and has been serving on the Steering Committees of many conservation organisations, such as the IUCN Species Survival Commission, where he is also served as co-Chair of the Marine Subcommittee. Claudio has an MD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a PhD in Biology from UCSC.

Craig GrovesCraig GROVES was the Executive Director for the Science for Nature and People Partnership ( until his retirement in October 2017. SNAPP is a collaboration between the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the National Center for Ecological Synthesis at the University of California Santa Barbara. Craig also serves as the Series Editor for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas Best Practice Guidelines series. Previously, he directed the Conservation Methods Team in The Nature Conservancy. During the period 2002–2007, Craig worked as a conservation biologist and planner for the Wildlife Conservation Society, both in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in selected international projects. Earlier in his career, Craig launched the Idaho Natural Heritage Program (a cooperative biodiversity inventory program between TNC and state government), worked as a non-game and endangered species biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and served as the Director of Conservation Planning for TNC between 1997 and 2002 where he led the efforts to develop ecoregional biodiversity plans. He has written and published a book on conservation planning (Drafting a Conservation Blueprint, Island Press 2003), as well as numerous popular and scientific articles on conservation planning, climate adaptation, and on the ecology of at-risk species in the Rocky Mountains. His second book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet (with co-author Eddie Game), was published in January 2016. He recently served on a National Academy of Science Panel to evaluate U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

Arnold Kreilhuber Photo: Arn Dr Arnold KREILHUBER is the Deputy Director of the UN Environment's Law Division. Prior to this post, he headed UN Environment’s International Environmental Law Unit where he led work on important issues such as environmental crime, human rights and the environment, judges and the environment, and, most recently, UN Environment’s response to attacks on environmental defenders. Arnold has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of environmental law and policy. In 2012, he led the planning and organisation of the World Congress on Justice, Governance and Law for Environmental Sustainability as part of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Currently, he is also UN Environment’s focal point for coordination of rule of law work across the UN system as well as for the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development, a network of over 170 institutions dedicated to creating legal knowledge that supports the implementation of the sustainable development goals. He has also served as the organisation’s legal counsel in the UN’s internal justice system. Before joining UN Environment, he has worked for the Foreign Ministry of Austria, non-governmental organisations, and in the private sector. Arnold holds a doctorate degree in international environmental law from the University of Vienna as well as a master’s degree in advanced international studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Arnold is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL). 

Félicité MangangVictorine Félicité MANGANG TENE is a journalist by education and has been working for the past 20 years within international organisations in the field of information and communication on sustainable development and natural resource management. She joined IUCN in 2001 as Communications Officer for the Central Africa Regional Office. From July 2008 to November 2013 she was Senior Communications Officer for the Central and West Africa Office, and since then has been Officer-in-charge of Communication and Membership, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Before IUCN, Félicité worked with the International Circle for the Promotion of Creation (CIPCRE) and the Support Service to Local Development Initiatives (SAILD). She is an active member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communication (CEC). 

 Aroha MeadDr Aroha Te Pareake MEAD served as Chair of the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic, and Social Policy (2009–2016). She is from the Ngāti Awa and Ngāti Porou tribes (Māori) of Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Director of Māori Business, Victoria Management School, Victoria University of Wellington. She has been involved in indigenous cultural and intellectual property and environmental issues for over 30 years at tribal, national, Pacific regional and international levels. Aroha previously worked as the National Policy Director for Te Tau Ihu o NgāWānanga – the National Secretariat for the three Māori/tribal universities: Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa and Te Wānanga o Raukawa, and before that she held managerial positions in Te Puni Kōkiri, the Ministry of Māori Development. She led the organisation of the conference that developed the 1993 Mataatua Declaration on Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the 1994 Roundtable of Indigenous Peoples and Self-Determination, and the 6th International Conference of Ethno biologists, as well as numerous national, regional and international conferences on traditional knowledge, cultural and intellectual property rights, biodiversity and genetic resources. The most recent conference she led was Sharing Power: A New Vision for Development held in Whakatane, New Zealand, in January 2011. This multidisciplinary conference explored: decentralisation in the governance and management of bio-cultural resources; enabling indigenous peoples and local communities to have greater rights and responsibilities in governance and management of the landscapes and ecosystems they live in and near; and alternatives to the current capital-based economic model that has created social and economic inequities and large-scale environmental damage. Her current interests are in providing insights into new models of conservation and development.

Samira Omar AsemDr Samira OMAR ASEM was an IUCN Councillor for West Asia (2013–2016), as well as being a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. She has more than 37 years of experience in management and leadership in R&D related to biodiversity conservation, agriculture and environment at the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR). Dr Omar attained her PhD in Wild Land Resource Sciences from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, MSc in Range Management from the University of California, Berkeley, and BSc in Botany and Chemistry from Kuwait University. During her career as Director for the Food Resources and Marine Sciences Division at KISR she has been responsible for six programmes: Aridland Agriculture Production; Biodiversity for Terrestrial Ecosystem; Food and Nutrition Production; Ecosystem Based Management for Marine; Aquaculture; and Biotechnology. Samira has national, regional and international recognitions and has been affiliated to many local and international organisations. She has published 30 refereed journal papers, 101 books and proceedings and 103 technical reports. Samira has participated in 102 local, regional and international conferences, and provided consultations to local, regional and international organisations. She is the Technical Program Director of the Kuwait Environmental Remediation Program awarded by the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC). She is responsible for supervising the implementation of the programme at the government level to ensure proper and transparent implementation of the programme according to the UNCC decisions.  

Juha Siikamaki Dr Juha SIIKAMAKI is Chief Economist at IUCN. Juha is a graduate of the University of  California at Davis and University of Helsinki with the unique combined skills focusing on environmental and natural resource economics but also encompassing forestry, agronomy, and ecology. Throughout his career, Juha has specialized in the economics of ecosystems and nature, including economic valuation of ecosystem services, benefit-cost evaluations of conservation programmes, and spatial targeting of conservation investments. Juha’s career spans two decades of policy-relevant work. Since 2004, Juha worked at Resources for the Future (RFF), a non-partisan research organization based in Washington DC, most recently as Associate Research Director and Thomas J. Klutznick Senior Fellow. Prior to joining RFF, he was a Senior Economist at Arcadis company. He also has experience from University of California at Davis and Natural Resources Institute Finland.

Ricardo TejadaRicardo TEJADA is Director Global Communications at IUCN. Previous to joining IUCN he was Senior Communications Adviser and Senior Editor at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Ricardo has also worked as Director of Communications for two major UK media groups and as an adviser in the office of US Labor Secretary Robert Reich under President Bill Clinton. He holds a Master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a Bachelor’s degree in international economics from the American University of Paris.

S. van der PloegSarina VAN DER PLOEG is Publications Officer at IUCN. She is responsible for providing guidance to the Union on all aspects of publishing, ensuring the high quality of our publications, and enhancing the effective dissemination of IUCN's conservation knowledge. Prior to joining IUCN, she worked at UN Environment and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in Geneva, Switzerland. She also worked over 10 years as an editor and publisher at various publishing houses, where she was involved in all aspects of the publishing process, from proofreading and editing to layout and project management. Sarina holds a Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Amsterdam.

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